Every day, thousands of cars make their way through Plymouth on Vicksburg Lane.
"Ten to 15,000 at least," estimated City Council Member Judy Johnson.
Along that path is a set of train tracks, which just recently became a big issue for lead--footed motorists. Now, Johnson has a word of warning.
"If they don't pay attention to the speeds posted and the warnings here in the area and they try to take this going over 30 miles an hour, especially southbound, there's a good chance they're gonna be airborne and have some damage in their vehicle," Johnson said.
A scarred section of road indicates just how many people haven't gotten the message.
The problem began when the railroad decided to increase the train's speed. In the process, Canadian Pacific had to raise a portion of the track. Now, one segment of road near the track is about six inches higher.
Essentially, the bump means that if you're not careful, your car bottoms out.
"So we're hoping we can get the word out that it is what it is," Johnson said. "The city can't do anything to regulate the railroad. And we need people to pay attention to the speeds in the area or they're gonna have a problem."
Before the railroad company made improvements to the section of track, motorists were able to drive 50 miles an hour through this corridor.
"They're used to coming through here at 50 miles an hour. That was the posted speed before," Johnson said.
Now, Plymouth city officials have gone out of their way to put up signs, cones and orange flags. The goal is to inform people that 30 is the new law of the land near this troublesome bump in the road.
"There's just an education of drivers through here that's gonna take a while I think," Johnson said.
Meanwhile, Johnson added that the warning signs and lowered speed limit are just a temporary fix. She says the city's long term goal for that stretch of Vicksburg Lane is to extend the road to four lanes and build a bridge over the train tracks.
12 News is on Comcast cable channel 12 in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis and includes the cities Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth and Robbinsdale.